As much as I loved the look of my modified Maximum Hydration Method wash ‘n’ go, it got quite tiresome after a while (there’s just so much to do, and so often), and since the weather has turned colder I didn’t fancy going out in the cold with wet hair. So I decided to change up my routine to something a bit more simple and winter friendly.
Winter 2015 Regime
Wash hair every 5-7 days
Prep – section hair into 4 and loosely twist each section
1. Detangle – in shower
Products – Tresemme Vibrant Naturals Nourish & Replenish Conditioner
Tools – Tangle Teezer
Wet hair. Undo 1 twist and gently finger detangle under running water to loosen any large clumps. Add Conditioner and detangle from tips to roots, separating section into 2 or 3 smaller sections to ensure thorough detangling. Rinse.
2. Shampoo – Scalp Only (as needed)
Products – Tresemme Vibrant Naturals Nourish & Replenish Shampoo
Holding the detangled section taught with one hand, apply shampoo directly to scalp using fingers and massage scalp gently to loosen dirt and debris. Rinse. Sometimes I skip this step if I feel my scalp isn’t dirty or flaky.
– Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Deep Nourishing Intensive mask (Jar)
– Tresemme Keratin Smooth Deep Treatment Masque (for protein boost, every 4 weeks or so)
Tools – Shower Cap
Apply Conditioner to the section from tip to root, ensuring even distribution. Twist section and clip out of the way.
Repeat steps 1 to 3 on remaining sections and cover with shower cap for 3-5 minutes whilst I shower. Remove shower cap and rinse twisted sections under cool water.
– Detangling & Conditioning Milk Spray*
– Tresemme Liquid Gold Anti-Frizz Perfecting Treatment
– Shea Buttercreme*
– Let’s Jam! Shining & Conditioning Gel, Extra Hold (for undercut)
Tools – Boar Bristle Brush (for undercut)
*Products I made. See below for ingredients and suggested alternatives
Remove excess water using a cotton t-shirt and undo twists. Separate hair into 3-8 sections. The larger the section the larger the curls will be. The smaller the section, the smaller the curl (I did 8 sections to get the curl size I have in the picture above). Using the L.O.C Method, first apply Liquid/Leave-in (conditioning spray) to first section. Second, apply Oil (Liquid Gold) and smooth in. Thirdly, layer on Creamy product (buttercreme) from tips to roots ensuring hair is well coated. Flat-twist section. Repeat for all remaining sections. Spray undercut with Conditioning Milk Spray and smooth on Let’s Jam evenly. Brush sides and back down with bristle brush. Allow to Air-dry overnight.
Undo twists and style as desired.
Sometimes I keep the twists in for a day or two and cover with a large beanie. Once I do take out the twists I’ll enjoy my twist-out for a few days and then pin it up into some kind of style once it gets a bit too frizzy. The smaller the curls, the longer the twist-out lasts.
I don’t moisturise my hair in-between washes. I’ve found that washing my hair every 5 days or so allows my hair to keep moisturised without having to do anything else to it in-between. My scalp is happy, my hair is happy and I’m happy.
I absolutely love the combination of products I’m using at the moment. They are inexpensive and work great on my hair. My hair absolutely LOVES silicones. I have found that since I’ve included them in my regime my hair is so soft and stays moisturised for much longer. My hair also detangles quite effortlessly and I have much less breakage as a result. I know many people run away from silicones but I have found that they have been invaluable to my kinky, coily 4b/a hair. Washing regularly also helps to keep my hair hydrated and minimises the build-up of shed hairs that usually cause tangles.
Detangling & Conditioning Milk Spray:
Deionised Water, Glycerine, BTMS-50, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Geogard Ultra (preservative), Fragrance, Panthenol
Blended Beauty SilkShake
Dark And Lovely Au Naturale:: Moisture L.O.C Super Quench Leave-In Spray
Natural Coils Daily Leave-In Conditioning Mist
Taliah Waajid: Protective Mist Bodifier
Deionised Water, Shea Butter, BTMS, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Glycerine, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Panthenol, Fragrance, Geogard 221 (preservative), Cellulose Gum, Guar Conditioning Gum, Citric Acid
Darcy’s Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturising Hair Whip
Crown Pride Nilotica And Mango Buttercream
CURLS Blueberry Bliss Twist N Shout Cream
Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Milk Souffle
** I haven’t tried any of these products myself, so I can’t say how good they are. I based my recommendations on the similarities in ingredients and usage instructions. Use whatever products work best for you.
Until next time!